This can be very concerning as a parent. You have no idea whether the findings are important or not. Answers would be nice!
So, what do you do next? If you have health insurance or a Community Services Card then you can see a children’s eye specialist as the cost is covered, or should you just go to the optometrist store in the mall?
Here is the insider’s guide for a parent who gets a “6/9” letter from the Vision Hearing testing service run by your local hospital:
We have invested in $200,000 worth of child-friendly, cutting-edge eye technology. We make sure that the level of detail provided by our screening test is outstanding – enough for our specialist team to make an accurate assessment simply by checking the test results.
If our screening test is normal then it means just that – your child does not need glasses and has no significant eye problem.
Each test is reviewed and reported by our screening team, led by a Paediatric Ophthalmologist (Eye surgeon). A report is sent to your GP and emailed to you.
The parents of a 4 year old who “fails” due to a 6/9 result would have been told to go and see a local optometrist or specialist. Both can be expensive, and you deserve an independent decision which is not trying to get you to buy glasses.
If your child failed their test outright, you will have been offered an appointment in the hospital eye department. We are very happy to see you, and can offer a similar level of care to what your child would have there. Our advanced screening test costs $28, but families who have access to a Community Services Card are fully subsidised (no charge).